Jesus wasn’t your typical teacher, and everyone noticed. When we look at the Sermon On The Mount, we witness what is considered by some to be the greatest teaching in the history of mankind. The listeners were astonished that this man, Jesus, taught things that were totally against the norm. Do we really understand his words today? In this 6-week series, we want to take you way back and help you understand these lessons in the way Jesus’ audience would have that day.
Over the last 3 weeks we’ve been talking about what breaks our hearts — people who are far from Jesus, and people who aren’t growing in their faith. We’ve redefined the concept of the “New Year’s Resolution,” recognizing that if we want to become better people, we need to do something to make the world a better place! As our “19” series comes to a close, Mike has a message for you as an individual, and Lake Sawyer as a whole — that as a church community we can work together and accomplish far more than we ever can alone.
Continuing in our “19” series, Mike turns our attention to an important question: What breaks our heart? It’s only when we answer that question that we have a clear understanding of what the people of Lake Sawyer Church are called and charged to do.
It takes more than just a decision. It takes more than just resolve. To experience true breakthrough in your life, it takes leaning in with all you have. But even when we do that, is it only for ourselves? What if that breakthrough had a ripple effect far beyond our own lives? In week 2 of our “19” series, Mike challenges us to think in such a way that will bring about the fullest life possible.
Ahhhh. New Year’s resolutions. We love to make personal resolutions, but how often do they really stick? As we usher in 2019, we’ll be talking about a new kind of resolution — the kind that involves leveraging our lives, our time, our resources, our talents and even our goals to impact the world around us. Are you ready to make 2019 bigger than yourself?
Many have heard the story of Jesus, coming into this world, born in a manger. We sing songs that paint a peaceful picture of Him laying in that manger. But that wasn’t the world He entered. As the one who would become the “King of the Jews,” some other kings of Jesus time would have something to say about that. In fact, one such king ordered genocide to try and protect his throne from this little toddler king. If you want to know more than what the pretty Christmas carols tell us, then check out this week’s message. You’ll probably be surprised!
For many, the Christmas season is complicated. It’s a reminder of broken relationships, unmet expectations, and missed loved ones. But no matter your circumstances, Christmas can also be a reminder of the light that overcomes the darkness.